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In 2016, internationally renowned artist William Kentridge presented “Triumphs and Laments”, his colossal tribute to the history of Rome. A 550 meters long frieze on the Tiber banks, portraying the glories and the tragedies of the Eternal City, from the birth of the Eternal City to Pasolini’s murder, from Bernini to Dolce Vita and the refugee crisis.
The most majestic artwork to take place in Rome since the painting of the Sistine Chapel disappeared within a few short months. This film, shot with exclusive access over two years, is its only memory.
Behzod Abduraimov’s has quickly established himself as one of the leading pianists of this generation. Here he performs masterpieces from the piano repertoire, with works by Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Prokofiev. Among the highlights of the concert, Prokofiev‘s Sonata for Piano No. 6 in A Major, which was praised by Sviatoslav Richter, the first performer after the composer himself, for its “remarkable stylistic clarity and the structural perfection”.
REPERTOIRE: Chopin: Ballade No.1 Op.23; Schubert: Moments musicaux D. 780 (Op.94), 2. Andantino (Ab major), 3. Allegro moderato (F minor); Beethoven: Piano Sonata pour piano No.23, Op.57 "Appassionata"; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82; Bach: Piano concerto in D minor BWV 596, Largo.
Starting in September 2017, the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev will present the most spectacular and ambitious cycle of Bruckner’s Symphonies. All the performances will take place in the Monastery of St Florian in Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place.
The 2017 BBC Proms opens with a dance and a shout. Celebrate John Adams’s 70th birthday with his masterpiece “Harmonium”. Award-winning pianist Igor Levit is the soloist in Beethoven’s ground-breaking Third Piano Concerto. John Adams’s Harmonium is an intricate tapestry of sound, with bright vocal threads and driving brass and percussion rhythms. This year’s First Night opens with the world premiere of “St John’s Dance” by rising British composer Tom Coult.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason made history this year when he became the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician competition in 2016. Skeku has 6 musically gifted siblings and the film explores their extraordinary talents and issues of diversity in classical music.
We follow Sheku and his six brothers and sisters, examining the sacrifices that parents Stuart and Kadie make in order to support their children in pursuing their musical dreams. Told through the prism of family life we get an understanding of what it is that drives this family to be the best musicians they can be. At the heart of the story is 17 year old Sheku and we see him coming to terms with his Young Musician win and the pressures and opportunities that brings. His life is changing dramatically as he now has to learn to deal with the challenges of becoming a world-renowned cellist.
He will get advice from those who have trod this path already, including international violinist, Nicola Benedetti, and renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, discovering what it takes to be a famous international solo musician.
The documentary culminates with Sheku’s biggest performance to date, playing at the world famous Royal Festival Hall in London, with Britain’s first all-black and ethnic minority orchestra, Chineke! As the preparations for this ground-breaking concert begin, the film explores what it means to be a young, black, classical musician in today’s society.
The incredible true story of Alice Coopers encounter with Dali in New York in 1973. Over the course of a few days, Alice Cooper was invited to one of the most surreal dinner parties ever by Dali before being asked to pose in a photo-shoot for one of the worlds first holograms while wearing a tiara made up of $2million worth of gems while brandishing a shish-kebab statuette of the Venus De Milo. Starring David Suchet, Noel Feilding and Sheila Hancock.
An esoteric fairy-tale, a mystical-dreamlike tale, and a symbolic-Masonic course: No matter which perspective you consider it from, The Magic Flute will always be one of Mozart’s undisputed masterpieces. Amidst exotic, fanciful settings and cruel trials to conquer knowledge, amidst musical enchantment and threatening hostile forces, is the final victory of good over evil and love over hate.
Every summer, Munich’s monumental Odeonsplatz transforms into an open-air concert hall with performances by some of the most celebrated musicians of the classical scene. This year, join Chinese piano superstar Yuja Wang and the Munchner Philharmoniker under music director Valery Gergiev. Featuring Brahms’ First Piano Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Jack White and T Bone Burnett produce an epic recording session using the only working 1920s recording device in existence in this tribute to the artists celebrated in the documentary. Starring Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye Lavette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard.
Mozart and Bruckner both benefit from Daniel Barenboim’s talent and powerful conducting, which were discovered early on in the work of Mozart and reach unprecedented heights of musical maturity in his interpretation of Bruckner’s oeuvre. With his Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra he masterfully executes every nuance of Bruckner’s demanding 2nd symphony which was presented at the Paris Philharmonic in January 2017. The programme is completed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, with Barenboim both conducting and playing the solo part.
This is the portrait, in music and film, of a jazz freedom fighter: his life, his art, and his genius musical partners. With this intimate documentary, relive a now-legendary month of music. Set in the epicentre of the jazz universe, New York City, capturing the essence of a master musician — piano player/composer/bandleader: Armando Antonio “Chick” Corea.
In the late 1920s, record company scouts toured America with a recording machine, and for the first time captured the raw expression of an emerging culture, democratizing music and giving a voice to the poorest in the nation. American Epic follows the recording machine’s trail across the United States to rediscover the families whose music was recorded—music that would lead to the development of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun and folk music, and without which there would be no rock, pop, R&B and hip hop today. The remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first emerged, sparking a cultural revolution who reverberations are felt to this day.
Full of high-kicking chorus lines, satirical touches and a wonderfully elegant score it tells the tale of Nanki-Poo and his love for Yum Yum. There’s just one snag. She’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner and he needs someone to execute otherwise it’s his own head on the block. Perhaps Ko-Ko and Nanki-Poo can come to some arrangement, without anyone losing their head?
When Nelsons steps up to the podium of the Gewandhausorchester in March 2018 as its new musical director, Leipzig will indeed undergo a makeover. Apart from Felix Mendelssohn, his famous predecessor, he is the youngest conductor in the history of the orchestra being then only 37 years old. In this program Nelsons focuses on Dvorak – the “Otello” overture is followed by extracts from his opera Rusalka. Nelsons’ spouse, Kristine Opolais, takes over the arias of the title role, which she has already performed at the New York Met and the Bavarian State Opera. The fact that Nelsons also selected Dvorak’s 9th “From The New World” can be seen as a programmatic omen: Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester now enter new territory, so to speak, on a joint musical journey.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has opened its doors in November 2017. After an outstanding process of thinking up and putting together a unique collection, it becomes the first universal museum in the Arabian Peninsula. This documentary bears witness, close-up, to this exceptional human and artistic adventure, to the French and Emirati players involved, and to the developments, hopes and successes that have gone into creating this cultural arena of dialogue between civilisations and cultures.
Lois Greenfield, Anne Geddes, Michael Kenna, Gilles Bensimon, Frans Lanting, Steve McCurry, Jean-Marie Perier and others... discover the universe of the best photographers and the artistic approach of these great artists who have the power to inspire us.
Each episode draws the portrait of an artist who has a major influence in art photography, working on portrait, landscape, fashion, or wildlife. We get to meet them in their daily lives and behind the scenes at work.
In an intimate setting, they open up about their life and the most important moments that lead their career and brought them into this job. The photographers also reveal the story behind their most famous pictures as well as the encounters and the adventures around.
A great opportunity to revisit their work as they explain to us how they manage to capture the essence of a person or the beauty of a landscape, to immortalize a unique moment by using technique and intuition and finally what truly makes an image iconic!
Following a successful first series, The Great Pottery Throw Down returns with 10 brand new home potters - each hoping to become the champion in clay. Over the course of 24 mammoth challenges, these passionate and creative potters are pushed to the limit as they are tasked with making everything from a set of jugs to a toilet.
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough depicts one man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art by combining traditional documentary storytelling with the original animation of over 70 years of art from the renegade children’s book author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer. The film explores the complexities and contradictions of a man, who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger, and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to revolutionary voices during one of the most dramatic periods in American history.
15 years on, London based musician Soumik Datta returns to his homeland in search of a music that can make him feel again. Far from the world he knows, pushed beyond the extreme, Soumik’s journey leads him deep into the heart of rural India where he is brought face to face with rituals, superstitions and intoxicating music. But will these rustic communities accept an outsider? Will they share the secrets hidden in their songs, with a complete stranger?
One of the world’s leading art detectives, Dr Bendor Grosvenor and leading social historian, Emma Dabiri track down lost and hidden art treasures to restore, resurrect and rehang. Astonishingly, more than 175,000 paintings in public ownership are languishing in storage, and at least 40,000 of these paintings are unattributed. We don’t know who painted them or what their subject is - they are unsolved mysteries. However, Bendor has made his name specialising in identifying these ‘sleepers’ and he and Emma are determined to bring them back to life.
To be a Hollywood great is to fly too close to the sun, to embody the dreams of millions while placing your fate in their hearts. Stars Of The Silver Screen celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. Contributions from contemporary commentators and current Hollywood glitterati will bring each icon’s legacy up to date as we relive their most magical motion picture moments and explore the personalities behind the names.
Off Camera delves into the lives of some of Hollywood’s hottest talent, as photographer/director Sam Jones hosts interviews with a myriad of some the world’s most recognised artists. Stepping away from the spotlight, each celebrity opens up about some of those deeper questions that leave us wondering.
This third series is marked by a landmark event, which forces the four siblings to consider what they want with their lives, and whether they want to do good for the world and for their community. Signe has big visions and plans to expand her farm with a neighbouring farmer. Emil has moved into Gronnegaard where he takes care of Melody (the daughter of Thomas and Isa). Gro challenges the Art Centre’s conventional thinking and discovers new sides of herself. Frederik is a success abroad and is hardly ever home, until he has to dive into a complicated investigation filled with emotions.
Bach specialist Sir Andras Schiff returns to the BBC Proms in a Piano recital performing Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier (Part I). Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier represents one of Western music’s greatest achievements. Described as the ‘Old Testament’ of the keyboard repertoire, it represents a wealth of musical invention, ingenuity and delight. A supreme technical challenge for any performer, they also offer an astonishing experience for every listener – especially when they are played with the mastery and sensitivity of Andras Schiff.
Leslie Caron, the beloved star of classic American cinema, is one of the last witnesses to a golden age of the 20th century, a great talent in the worlds of film, dance and theatre who continues to perform.
LESLIE CARON: THE RELUCTANT STAR begins in the present and unfolds as a journey that takes us back to a glorious time in Hollywood–a story seen through the prism of a living legend who reveals stories of a life lived large and with passion. It offers a rare and privileged glimpse into the world of the beloved icons of film, dance and theatre of the 20th century− a world of contradictions, ambitions, dreams, nostalgia and intense emotion−through one of its most luminous personalities. LESLIE CARON: THE RELUCTANT STAR reveals the glamour, triumphs and disappointments of a spectacular career and turbulent personal life.
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